The tick-borne disease anaplasmosis on the rise in Maine.
According to the Maine Center for Disease Control, the number of cases of the disease has grown from a little more than a dozen about a decade ago to 500 so far this year. Public health officials say the increase mirrors the movement of Lyme disease into Maine years ago.
As state epidemiologist Dr. Siiri Bennett runs through the reported cases of anaplasmosis year by year, the numbers at first hold steady in the teens.
“In 2008 there were 17. 2009, 15,” she says.
But then, they start to grow.